“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
The BEING HUMAN series is produced in two talks, with the option of having one or both talks supplied.
‘THE SINGLE STORY’ talk explores the topic of poverty, addressing concepts generated through our perception of charity, development aid and voluntourism. There is a particular focus on The Single Story of Africa, our perceptions of poverty within the continent from the West and how we can build a more empathetic relationship to global development.
‘BY DESIGN’ explores the topic of gender roles through product design. Gender equality is a topic often featured in the media for its relationship to industry and politics but continues to confuse and confound many of us across society (women included). ‘By Design’ explores how gender is shaped and our roles promoted through product design and marketing. This is a unique and thought-provoking talk bringing in many case studies from across the world.
Being Human utilises creative, entertaining and engaging presentation tools to bring to life concepts that continue to challenge and intrigue us. The focus will be on enhancing and understanding the role of empathy in relation to the core themes of Being Human.
Being Human is available in the following formats. For more information, please get in touch.
The Programme | Being Human
Stereotypes | Empathy | Equality | Social Values
1 Hour Talk
Duration: 45 Minute talk + 15 minutes Q&As
Number of students: unlimited
Most suitable for: KS3 – KS5
Number of students: up to 30
Most suitable for: KS3-5
Description: developed into a half-day programme, students listen to anecdotes and case studies of themes embedded within either talk (‘The Single Story’ or ‘By Design’), pausing to undertake group activities that apply their soft skills and critical thought.
By the end of a Being Human workshop students will have a greater understanding of the concept of empathy and be able to discuss with greater confidence, perspectives in either debate.
Being Human is delivered by speakers with current experience of researching and working within the field of international development and product design. From these perspectives we are able to bring your students thought-provoking, engaging and even entertaining introductions and insights in the themes of empathy, stereotyping and the human development approach.
Capacity Building for PSHE | SMSC | Careers
Being Human elicits important discussion suitable for SMSC and PSHE development. The option of adding a half-day workshop supports exploration of interview skills. Please contact us to find out more.